Apps to make a perfect road trip

Google I/O: How navigation will change your life

Google I/O conference has introduced new projects to be unveiled in the upcoming weeks that will enhance the mobility ecosystem. They change the way we find places, find people and experiences. They vary the way we move around in a more comfortable way. Smart cars, advanced location tools in chaotic cities and friends recommendations are some of the best innovations we have found more interesting to tell you about.

 AUGMENTED REALITY TO NAVIGATE

 

 

 

Surely many of us laugh when we open Google Maps and listen, “turn northwest” without having any clue of where it is. Taking directions to go somewhere is a complicated task to do in some apps. This is not only because of their interface, but because of the mapping system they use. Therefore, there are already several applications that facilitate the indications, such as the recent update of Wave Application that allows navigating to a destiny while we geolocate our family or friends.

However, another way to understand the indications reported at Google I/O is thanks to the augmented reality. That is, the ability of the mobile to interpret through the camera the scenario we have around and superimpose in the screen the directions.

On its proposal launched at the I/O conference, Google has launched an improved augmented reality via Google Lens. It paints arrows and indications about that street. In addition it even has a funny guide to accompany us on our tour.

SHARE PLACES AT GOOGLE I/O

 

One of the funniest stages of organizing a dinner out with friends or family is to find a good place that everyone likes. While we dive in in great directories such as Tripadvisor or Yelp, we still need to comment them with friends and find an agreement.

There are many apps that facilitate the decisions in group via polls, as we have shortlisted in our post about organizing trips and events with friends. Google Maps has recently share its own way at Google I/O allowing friends to share reviews of restaurants on Maps with some friends. They can select and vote for the one that suits them best.

FIND THAT LITTLE RED HOUSE AT GOOGLE I/O

 

Anyone who has traveled to cities that have experienced rapid growth while their economic development has raised, have seen serious problems of linear structure and transport in cities. This affects directly maps and navigation. In Nigeria, as Google has emphasized in its I/O conference. Or even in Panama or in Indonesia, there are large cities that do not have specific street names. Therefore it was impossible to take directions on a map, until now.

Google has presented a new Maps in which they have tried to design the peculiarities of the big cities. It makes it possible to find shops and houses in the chaos of the streets, giving some referential indications. This is a great news for everyone using its API to build an infrastructure for a mapping app. It is time to adapt technology to a less digitized world.

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

 

 

The war of the driverless cars greats is in full height, and among the companies working on it there is the Google unit Waymo, who has just presented at the Google I/O conference its new technology adapted to autonomous cars. They use a system that detects and avoid pedestrians, animals and obstacles. It also protects the safety of them and the occupants of the vehicle.

Today these technologies seek to adapt to the chaotic traffic of cities. But surely as soon as their development and legislation allows them to circulate, the cities themselves would probably be the ones to adapt to this new way of transport.

Why celebrities love agritourism and what’s in it for you

Many of us think that going to a far for agritourism on holidays is an experience reserved to young travelers that seek to pay the trip of their dreams by picking kiwis in New Zealand or collecting grapes in southern France. However, agritourism is not a remunerated work, it is a form of vacations that more and more celebrities do to be in contact with the earth, literally. Here is why you should do this experience that will make you one of the best in your life.

What is agritourism? It is a different way of spending holidays by taking part of rural jobs in farms to help in the garden, in the collection of plants and mushrooms, in the care of animals or in the production of foods such as honey, jams, sauces, preserves or wine.

The benefits of spending a few days in the field are incredible, most users in forums say that it has reduced their stress of everyday life, the city, traffic jams and noise and has connected them with the environment. Due to increased demand more and more farms around the world offer agritourism accommodation.

The trend has also reached the celebrities, who look forward to disconnecting from the media focuses and going back to the roots. Some of them have even acquired their own farm, like Russell Crowe, who owns a horse farm in New South Wales. It may seem that the stars live among cushions, but nature is an opportunity to relax that also other celebrities like Julia Roberts take advantage of at her farm in Taos to feed her pigs and cows.

Agritourism can be very accessible for any traveler. Visitors stay in traditional farmhouses, eat the local food collected in the garden or produced in the region and dedicate several hours of the day to help in the daily work. Tasks vary greatly depending on the area chosen and the level of work they want to do. Let’s have a view of some of them:

For example, choosing a vineyard in the Italian Tuscany may be a good idea to stay in an old farmhouse overlooking the wine fields and smelling the fruity scent before getting involved in one of the production activities. It could be collecting the grapes, stepping on them to make the pasta with which the wine is made, or participating in its bottling in the large wooden barrels in which it ferments and picks up those characteristic flavors of fruit and wood. The lucky ones can end the experience with a wine tasting to learn how to differentiate the nuances of the wine.

Other popular agritourism excursions include courses to learn how to identify raw materials such as mushrooms, chestnuts and berries, see when they are ready to pick them up, when they can be eaten and how to prepare them in the best way. What about making honey or  jam and enjoy one of the best breakfasts in the world? Food lovers will enjoy their future trips having that knowledge learned!

Although the agritourism is mostly related to enjoy local and ecological food, in fact there are emplacements for all type of activities like the production of essential oils, the treatment of flowers and grass to make creams and relaxing ointments or the production of perfumes. Can you imagine making your own bath kit with lavender that you have collected yourself?

Possibilities are endless but don´t worry, not all of them require people waking up at down to feed cows, unless you want to. The objective is to learn about how to work in the field in a sustainable way. The best part is that you can go alone or travel with your friends and family and take advantage of an astonishing outdoor experience.

Where to do Agritourism in the world

Practically in every country in the world you can do agrotourism, since it is a practice that is becoming a trend and that also helps rural communities to introduce the benefits of tourism without transforming their traditional essence.

However, according to Brad Tuttle, editor of the magazine Budget Travel and expert in agritourism, the best destinations vary according to the season of the year.

In spring he recommends farms in the European part of the Mediterranean Sea, with places in Greece, Italy and Spain, as well as Croatia, Montenegro or Bosnia. The most typical places include vineyards, agricultural farms and care of small lambs and goats.

In summer he recommends traveling through the western center of the United States, in states such as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The most common type of agritourism is in corn plantations and tomato production with which tourists can have the chance to eat what it is produced there. If you want to know more take a look at this fabulous directory with more than 700 farms in the United States to choose your next vacation in nature.

In the fall Tuttle suggests traveling to California to work in the local vineyards and taste the sweet and dry wine of the region. We add to his list the magnificent farms of India, in which, according to travelers’ forums, it is possible to immerse in all the tasks of the farm with the family, such as going shopping and selling at the markets.

Finally, in winter Tuttle says he’d go to one of the thousands of vast farms in Australia or New Zealand, and enjoy the fruit, corn, animals and the bright sun.

If you want to have a look globally, dive to this super directory with farms all over the world and share your experience with us!